NewsGiles’ career-high 35 points lifts Humber over shorthanded Redeemer

Jeremy YudinFebruary 11, 20196 min

Jeremy YudinSports Reporter

ANCASTER, Ont. — Guard Jahnae Gyles scored a career high 35 points including eight-three pointers as the Humber Hawks women’s basketball team beat the Redeemer Royals 92-69 on Feb. 9.

Forward Laura Meadows added 13 points and guard Brittney English contributed with 11 points off the bench.

Humber started the game leading 16-10, but a couple three pointers from Gyles pushed the lead for Humber to 25-16 at the end of the first quarter.

The rest of the game continued to play at a fast rate. Guard Leticia Lopez described how her team kept up the pace.

“Coach (Ajay Sharma) was yelling ‘five, four, three, two, one,’” Lopez said. “It’s for us to push the ball, to get to the three point line.”

Humber Hawks women’s basketball forward Laura Meadows looks around to pass the ball as guard Brittney English is open. The Hawks beat Redeemer Royals 92-69 on Feb. 9 in Ancaster, Ont. (Jeremy Yudin)

The Hawks got into foul trouble as 10 of Humber’s 25 fouls were committed in the second quarter. Despite the obstacle, Humber continued to grow the lead in the frame as Gyles made three more shots from the three point line.

Seven of Giles’ eight three-pointers came in the first half as the guard entered the third quarter with 21 points while shooting 70 per cent from three-point range.

Fouls were no problem for the Hawks.

“I feel like everyone was engaged, even when everything was going bad with the refs,” Lopez said.

Humber’s gap with Redeemer never fell below 15 points in the second half as they held off a shorthanded Royals squad.

Redeemer only had one bench player as several players are dealing with injuries.

“We’re missing our captains today, both with concussions,” said Royals head coach Jesse VanHouwelingen before the game.

Sharma, however, didn’t think a deeper bench gave Humber an advantage over Redeemer. It was more about the way Humber played, he said

“It’s unfortunate for (Redeemer) and we all go through those things, but our advantage is playing the way we play and playing how we practice,” Sharma said.

On the other hand, Lopez said the opponent’s short bench was definitely an advantage.

“Our team is pretty deep, so we can rotate more players,” Lopez said.

The 16-2 Hawks will be back at Humber this Wednesday at 6 p.m as they face the 5-and-13 Mohawk Mountaineers.